2018 Lavender Graduation

Hello campus & community partners,
Please save the date for 2018 Lavender Graduation. Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating LGBTQA+ students on campus. This year’s keynote will be Sebastián J. Colón-Otero, LCSW Diversity Coordinator-Latinx Community Liaison, Counseling and Mental Health Center.

The ceremony will be Wednesday, May 16th 4pm, SAC Ballroom & the reception & LGBTQ+ Alumni Celebration will immediately follow in the Connally Balloroom of the Etter Harbin Alumni Center

Please also join us for Black Graduation & Latinx Graduation, (hosted by our friends in the Multicultural Engagement Center) more info to come soon from the MEC.

To register or RSVP for Lavender Graduation: click here Everyone is welcome to attend! Students should register by May 4th to be in the program, and be guaranteed a rainbow tassel, stole, and certificate day of the event, however, if they missed the deadline and still want to participate they are welcome to register after the deadline, no one will be turned away. Alums who didn’t have to opportunity to walk in Lav Grad are ALWAYS welcome to join!

Do you want to show your support even though you are not graduating? Students, staff and faculty are welcome to volunteer!

This year for the first time every student that participates in Lavender Graduation will get a stole! Folks will be able to sponsor graduating students by donating to the GSC’s Lavender Graduation. Individual donations of $20 will cover the cost of a graduating student’s rainbow stole. A card with the sponsor’s name will be attached to the stole so that the student knows who sponsored them. Knowing that their stoles are sponsored by faculty who were formative in the students’ academic careers is invaluable. It is a beautiful way to express our appreciation for our students as they set off to make change in the world as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Sponsoring a stole: Individual donors can sponsor a graduating student here. Please be sure to designate “Lavender Graduation” in the “special information” section. If you think that your department, center, program, college, or school would like to make a donation, please let us know and the Lavender Graduation Committee will contact them directly.

Lavender Graduation is hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center, in collaboration with LGBTQ Studies, The Queer & Trans Students Alliance (QTSA), and the Queer Graduate Student Alliance (QGSA) and with support from The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, The Texas Exes, The Dean of Student’s Office, The College of Liberal Arts, and the Moody College of Communication.